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The Red Giraffe Podcast
9 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
046 Follow One Course Until Successful
In property, it’s easy to get distracted by new strategies and great opportunities. In this episode Tom Appleton explains how having a clear end goal helps him stay on track and choose the right investment strategies. He shares not only his vision but also the plans he has in place to achieve this, so he can be living where he wants, when he wants, in the very near future. Having a clear roadmap, as he does, is always going to enable any one of us to get to our desired destination that much quicker.
9 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
045 What’s Happening In The London Market?
Is London finished as an investment option? In this episode, Pelin Martin from Blue Crystal London talks about how the London market has fared during the last 6 months. You might be surprised by what she says as she discusses the impact of the lockdown. She also explains where the London market could go and the impact of the stamp duty freeze. Finally, she shares her thoughts on what should be considered for those who wish to invest in the London market.
17 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
044 Managing A Successful Project - Why It’s about Planning + Relationships
Do the core principles of project management remain the same whatever size the project? In this episode Guillaume Black from Blacks Property Solutions talks about how he has found moving from managing large infrastructure projects to managing HMO refurbs. He discusses which principles transfer across, including building relationships and empowering the team. He also explains which ways of working need to be adapted, including having a short concise schedule of works and monitoring progress more regularly. Guillaume shares his thoughts on three things to focus on when thinking about any project: 1) have a clear finance and build plan; 2) invest time in the tender and procurement process; and 3) have a contingency in place. He also talks about effectively communicating with subcontractors and builders, how often to do site visits, how much you really should be paying up front and how to deal with over runs.
10 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
043 Strategy and Execution- Why You Need Both
Fail to plan - plan to fail! exactly how true is this? In this episode Hugh Page from IVConsulting talks about why both strategic planning and execution are key to business success and sustainability. Hugh talks about the 5 components of the IVC strategy blueprint. Firstly deciding on a mission or the why of your business. Then identifying what your customers' problems are and how you might go about solving them. The next step is developing the activities that will solve those problems. Finally it's about measurement to make sure that what you are doing is actually solving your customers problems. Using the example of IKEA, Hugh explains how creating a unique value proposition to meet customer’s needs can also make a business model hard to replicate. He also discusses why strategy is a key in moving from Working In to Working On a business.
16 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
042 Make It Your Choice - Why You Need A LPA
We all think it will never happen to us… but what if it does? In this episode John Ireland from Legacy Wills discusses why everyone should have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). He explains the purpose of a LPA and details the two types of LPA’s: Health and Welfare and Property and Financial Affairs. John also addresses the implications of not having a LPA and the potential that has to limit choice of healthcare provision and cripple a business.
10 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
041 Commercial Due Diligence With A Plan
How do you conduct due diligence on commercial property? This week's episode guest Mark Dearing, from Mentors Inc, explains why you need to be very clear on the end result you are looking for when buying commercial property. He talks about how commercial differs from residential property, and some of the things you can do when it comes to assessing demand and getting comparables. Mark also discusses how to navigate planning and explains why much of it is about prior research and understanding what matters to your local development plan. Finally, he discusses the importance of understanding concepts like material planning reasons and working with planning officers to increase the likelihood of planning applications being successful.
15 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
040 Jumping Through The Mortgage Hoops
What exactly do mortgage brokers need from us to make getting a mortgage a relatively simple process? This week's episode guest Kallem Brooks, from Bond Finance has at least some of the answers. Kallem is an experienced broker and he shares his thoughts on how to make sure your loan agreements are fit for purpose – there needs to be a clear money trail to make the process easier and quicker. He discusses what underwriters are looking for in your paperwork, and offers a simple way to make tracking rental income an easy win for your broker. Finally Kallem addresses the impact mortgage holidays will have for investors, and where the market is heading in terms of availability of finance.
7 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
039 Taking Photos of Rooms - Tips and Mistakes to Avoid
A picture really is worth a thousand words when it comes to property. Creating the types of photos that showcases the best of any room is the focus of this episode with Roberta Thompson, from Photography by Roberta. She shares her tips on taking better property photos, including how to use light, the importance of ironing and what props to use. Roberta also discusses why a camera is still better than a phone and explains how to use photoshop to improve the quality of images.
23 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
038 Moving From A Property Portfolio To A Property Business
Taking the step from investing in property to working in property full time is a big transition. In this episode, Morgan Roberts shares his journey as he nears the first anniversary of leaving his day job to become a full time property entrepreneur. He talks about why he got into property, how he accelerated building his portfolio and what strategies he used at the beginning. Morgan also discusses his latest business partnership in Colony Living, why getting formal JV agreements in place are essential, how to manage business partnerships and why working for yourself isn’t as easy as it sounds. Finally Morgan gives his opinion on where the SA and HMO market might go next, once the full impact of COVID-19 becomes clear.
13 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
037 Death and Taxes – Planning for Both, Using Trusts
Planning for when we are not around is something most of us try to avoid. In this episode, John Ireland, from Legacy Wills, explains how you can ensure your assets go exactly where you want them to go by using trusts in conjunction with your will. John talks about Discretionary Trusts, how they work and how to set them up. He goes on to define what an Interest in Possession Trust is, and how to use one alongside a Discretionary Trust. Using real life examples, John describes in depth the financial implications of having trusts and what can happen when trusts aren’t in place and the unexpected happens. Finally, John defines what a business trust is, how to use one in a way that means those you leave behind can access your assets in a way they can use them.
10 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
036 Multiple Streams of Income - A Safety Net For Uncertainty
Multiple streams of income are a great way to protect yourself in uncertain times. In this episode, Andrew Tonks, The Property Pilot, talks about how he combines his day job with his property investing. He describes which strategies he moved into first and the importance of leveraging other people's skills if property isn’t your main focus. Andrew discusses how he got into deal sourcing and explains the systems he has in place to source deals. He also speaks about the processes he uses to work with vendors and reflects on how important it is to be able to justify and explain the numbers. Andrew also talks about his third income stream, selling on Amazon – how he started and how it has expanded. Finally he talks about where he sees the market going in the short and long term.
14 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
035 Providing Values Driven Customer Service
Great customer service is easy if it sits within your core business values. In this episode, Beverley Lockett, best selling author and Director of Red Door Homes, talks about what motivates her to create a different type of shared accommodation. She discusses matching your values with solving your customers problems, and creating a customer experience not just a place to live. Beverley details how she links her own values, including environmental sustainability, into their houses with eco-friendly products for customers. She discusses how they create community by matching customers based on stage of lifecycle and how they are paperless when it comes to dealing with customers. Beverley explains how their model has led to their customers doing the marketing of rooms for them. Finally Beverley talks about improving your customer services by focusing on identifying and solving your customers problems.
15 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
034 Waiting For The Right Opportunities To Come
In times of uncertainty sometimes the most useful skill is patience. In this Red Giraffe InnerView, Mike Frisby an experienced investor, talks about his business model and details the systems and processes in place and his role in all these. He discusses sourcing deals and how to add value to properties through planning gain. Mike explains how his business model may evolve through the next economic cycle. He also offers his top tips for managing the market now, these include not rushing into purchases and thinking about how and where demand might change. Mike also addresses the likely responses of mortgage companies and valuers to changing market conditions and the possible impact on loan to value.
17 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
033 Social Housing - An opportunity to give back
Social Housing - An opportunity to give back. In this episode, Carly Houston from Sorella Investment Solutions talks about social housing, the challenges. the rewards and her motivation for investing in this sector. She explains how to get started and who to speak to. Carly also discusses the types of housing required as well as the challenges around negotiating the benefits system. She also discusses why she got involved in setting up a Community Interest Company (CIC) and the additional benefits that can bring to the people being served. Finally she offers her thoughts on what to think about before entering this sector, including doing it because you want to, doing your due diligence, and doing it because it is an opportunity to improve the level and reputation of social housing.
9 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
032 5 Steps To Predictable Monthly Profit
Predictable profit is the goal for any business - In this episode, Josh Keegan from The Profit Process discusses the 5 elements to consider in your business model so that you can have predictable monthly profit. He explains why increasing sales doesn't always lead to increased profit, and how to identify at what point you have reached the optimum economies of scale in your business. Finally he talks about why it's also important to factor your time into the profit process.
7 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
031 Systems Are Not I.T.
Systems are not I.T. - In this episode, James Williams from time-scale talks about why systems should always start with the needs of your customer, not a new piece of software. He outlines the benefits of having a system, including giving you more time to focus on key areas of your business and increasing your ability to scale your business. James shares a process for developing systems and explains how to find and implement the right software for any system.
20 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
030 Co-Living By Design
Good design is not only timeless but it also enhances the customer experience. In this episode, Stuart Scott from Co-Living Spaces discusses how he develops the designs for his co-living projects. He explains the process from a sketch of the idea to developing prototypes and then getting feedback from customers. Stuart reflects on the importance of developing usable social spaces and how they use biophilic design to help improve customer well-being. Finally Stuart talks about what the future of co-living might look like and the increased role and importance of community and how that is managed within his business.
10 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
029 Where There's A Will, There's A Better Way
Some of us never quite get around to sorting out a will. In this episode, John Ireland from Legacy Wills outlines some of the reasons why this is the case. He explains the implications of not having a will, including increased inheritance tax and uncertainty around what your wishes for your estate actually were. He also addresses the personal costs for those left behind where a will isn't in place. Finally, John discusses the implications for your property business if you don't have a will.
8 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
028 Commercial Property Opportunities
Commercial property has been one of the sectors hit hardest by the COVID-19 lockdown and, in this episode Suzi Carter from Strongoak Investments discusses what’s happening in the sector at the moment. She talks about what is likely to happen in the short and long term, and where the buying opportunities are likely to be. Suzi also explains how smaller investors can enter the sector and what factors to consider.
8 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
027 The Future Normal Of SA Safe, Clean and Legal
Serviced accommodation faces many challenges after COVID-19 and in this episode John Kerr from Your Partner In Property outlines the priorities for SA providers. He discusses how to run SA remotely, and the way cleaning will need to change, including how RIDDOR may now apply in relation to COVID-19. John also suggests advantages to applying standards like those from Quality in Tourism to ensure your SA is Safe, Clean & Legal.
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